Physical disfigurement is defined as that which impairs or injures the beauty, symmetry, or appearance of a person, or that which renders unsightly, misshapen, imperfect, or deformed in some manner. Common-sense examples of physical disfigurement include scarring (whether from a laceration, burn, surgical incision, or otherwise) and amputation of a limb.
The compensation an injury victim can expect to be awarded for physical disfigurement is influenced by many factors, including physical and emotional characteristics of the victim themselves, severity of the disfigurement, and the location of the disfigurement. For example, an injury victim who earns money as a model who is no longer able to work because of disfigurement should expect to be compensated for those economic losses as well as the embarrassment and suffering the victim endures because of the disfigurement. Also, an injury victim can expect to be awarded more compensation for disfigurement that is difficult to conceal, such as facial scarring.
To seek compensation for future physical disfigurement, the injury victim should obtain a medical opinion that the disfigurement is permanent. In some instances, the victim can learn more about procedures available to minimize or eliminate the disfigurement, as well as the costs associated therewith. Properly presented, the victim can seek compensation for those future medical costs, as well as the future embarrassment and self-consciousness the victim is likely to experience because of the disfigurement caused by the injury.
A special message to the friends and potential new clients of FVF Law:
FVF’s client contract has, for a long time, contained the following termination clause: “FVF Law is a values-driven law firm, and because diversity is a value we support, “good cause” [for termination] shall include any expression by the client of intolerance with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.”
Now more than ever, FVF recognizes the global need to combat racism proactively, and to do so with more than just words. This firm was built on the mission of being better. Better lawyers. Better advocates. Better people.
We all know being better requires an ongoing commitment to learning, growth, introspection, and change. We enthusiastically embrace that commitment and hereby pledge to do more than just talk about it. Stay tuned on our blog and facebook page for more about what FVF is doing to back this important global effort.
In the meantime, we would respectfully request new clients who find their own views incompatible with this pledge to consider contacting another firm to handle their case. In any case, we invite you to provide honest feedback by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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